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(OIC) member states pose for a group photo during the Istanbul Summit in Istanbul, Turkey April 14, 2016. ( Reuters)

The Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Dr. Yousef bin Ahmed Al-Othaimeen, has strongly condemned the series of suicide attacks that were carried out by suspected members of Boko Haram on Sunday and Monday, 25 and 26 June 2017 respectively, in Maiduguri town, including the University of Maiduguri, northeastern Nigeria, killing more than 13 people and injuring dozens of others.

The Secretary General described the suicide attacks as heinous and despicable acts that negate Islamic values which uphold the sanctity of human life, especially at a time when Muslims are celebrating the Eid festival.

The group had alleged links to al-Qaeda, but in March 2015, it announced its allegiance to terror group ISIS.

Boko Haram is an extremist/terror group based in northeastern Nigeria, also active in Chad, Niger and northern Cameroon.

Dr. Al-Othaimeen extended his condolences to the families of the victims and the people and government of Nigeria over this tragedy, and urged the government to intensify efforts in bringing all those responsible for this reprehensible act to justice.